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October 2003
Design Forward
 Sustainable Concepts . Design Forward Newsletter 
October 2003 
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Welcome to the October 2003 newsletter for Design Forward. Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.

Quote of the Month: "There will never be great architects or great architecture without great patrons." - Edwin Lutyens

in this issue
  • Earth Building in Thailand
  • Straw Bale Research
  • Recycle Old Cell Phones
  • Feedback

  • Straw Bale Research
    An extensive sets of test and research was done on straw bale and straw bale wall systems with funds from a grant from the California Department of Food & Agriculture. The EBNet put together a team of engineers, architects, contractors and educators to conduct the investigations over the last two years. They published results on load bearing structures, out- of-plane and in-plane load tests, properties of earth, lime, and lime-cement plasters, moisture tests, and more.

    These tests have been published for the public's use on the EBNet website. Fell free to browse and use the results of their hard work.

    Article Design Forward.

    Results... »

    Recycle Old Cell Phones
    Each year 130 million cell phones are discarded. This adds up to 65,000 tons of toxic garbage. Most of the public assumes the phones are small and their impact on the environment is minor. This is a common mistaken.

    Unfortunately these phones are full of toxic chemicals and hazardous materials. Some of these substances include arsenic, antimony, beryllium, cadmium, copper, lead, nickel and zinc. It is important to keep these cell phones out of our landfills.

    Find a location to donate your old cell phone.

    Article Design Forward. Picture oldcellphone.com.

    Cell Phone Recycling... »

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    Earth Building in Thailand
    An Interview with Jon Jandai and Janell Kapoor

    The Natural Building Colloquium is an annual gathering of builders and teachers from around North America and beyond. This year's colloquium took place in October at a camp in southern Oregon. One of the most exciting presentations was by Jon (pronounced "Jo") Jandai from Thailand and Janell Kapoor of Kleiwerks in North Carolina, who presented their recent work teaching earthen building in Thailand. Following their slide show, Michael G. Smith of the CobWeb, Margie Bushman of Hopedance Magazine, and Joseph Kennedy of Builders without Borders sat down with them to ask some questions.

    Click below for the full question and answer interview.

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